|Action shot of a light traffic moment.|
I live in the far western suburbs of Washington, DC - one of the worst traffic areas in the country (settle down, NYC and LA - I said one of). Today I had a conference one block away from the White House, so I needed to go all the way in -- to leave the comfort of the Shire and journey to the darkest depths of Mordor. I've taken drives as long, and I've been on most of the same roads, but not during the dreaded Rush Hour, and not when I had somewhere to be for work. So this morning I donned my suit and backed out of the garage at 6:30 AM.
I have to say, for a 70 mile round trip it was completely uneventful. Uneventful, but never boring, because being in a glorified go-kart between two semis, being tailgated by a guy in a Lexus reading his cell phone, and having a construction truck cut into the lane in front of you will keep you on your toes. I had two hands on the wheel, paid close attention, and drove defensively the whole way (except for when I took the picture). A lot of people showed they have a lot more faith in my ability to adjust my brakes than I do because they jumped in front of me and stopped suddenly a lot. I made it down inside the beltway, along the Potomac, into the city, past the White House and into a parking garage in just over 45 minutes. The guard at the garage entrance (it was a Federal building) kiddingly offered to valet park for me.
|Safe and sound beneath Pennsylvania Avenue. |
No problem fitting in the parking spot...
Of the thousands of cars I saw on the way down and back, I saw only two other classic cars, and none as old as mine. One was in the garage just out of view in the picture above, an early 70's wood paneled jeep of some kind. Not as old as mine, but close. The other appeared to be a late 70's Mercedes that ironically is from about three blocks from my house, on the same street as my friend restoring a 1950's Triumph TR3. I got a "hey, nice car!" from a 12 year old, lots of friendly smiles and waves, and no annoyed honks or one-fingered salutes. I hate driving in traffic, but I have to say this was a fun way to do it. It's a shame more people aren't doing the same thing.